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The West is home to the country's best wine regions. Explore them all and taste their best offerings, from the cult cabs of Napa to the Pinots of Willamette Valley

Top 15 secret wine country escapes

Experience wine country without the crowds in these under-the-radar spots for sipping

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Monterey County, CA
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Monterey County, CA

Within an easy drive of Monterey, discover under-the-radar vineyards tucked against the mountains south of Salinas. Follow Monterey Country's Wine Trail to the 20 or so wineries along River Road. Along the way, pick up organic farmstand produce, stop for a picnic lunch, and even visit a ranch where lions and lynxes roam.

More: Wine tasting on Monterey's Wine Trail


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